A curated list of the latest music news from the rock, punk, hardcore (and more) realms.

Rock ‘n’ roll outfit The Drowns are returning with a new old-school album, titled Under Tension, on January 17th via Pirates Press Records. The LP was produced by Ted Hutt (Dropkick Murphys, Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly, and Street Dogs) and follows up the band’s 2018 debut LP View From The Bottom.

Official News: “Their relentless approach to touring and spreading their Rock and Roll gospel is turning heads and getting people out in droves to see their explosive live performances! Whether it’s in a sweaty basement or club, or on the deck of an aircraft carrier,… [the band] drives these tunes and their message home…”

02/05/2020 - Eugene, OR - Old Nick’s Pub
02/06/2020 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
02/07/2020 - Long Beach, CA - Toxic Toast Theatre
02/08/2020 - Pomona, CA - Characters
02/10/2020 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
02/11/2020 - Las Vegas, NV - Evel Pie
02/13/2020 - Sacramento, CA - Press Club
02/14/2020 - Portland, OR - Twilight Cafe & Bar
02/15/2020 - Seattle, WA - Highline Bar


Long Beach, CA-based post-sludge trio O Zorn! will unleash their upcoming album Your Killer on March 20th via Seeing Red Records. The outfit released their debut record two years ago and have since been building up their fanbase in the SoCal region and beyond. They’ve gone on tours, opening for legends including Black Flag.

Official News: ““This band, this album… It’s been a true labor of love,” says singer/guitarist Bill Kielty, of the nine-song release that was recorded at Foo Fighters’ 606 Studio, utilizing Sound City’s famed Neve mixing board. “My brains were scrambled at the end of recording this new record. So many obstacles; so many setbacks. For me though, and I know I speak for the other two [guitarist Billy Meyer and drummer Danny Walker], writing songs is as necessary as eating or sleeping.””


Greek stoner rock band Arrakis play psych-influenced, riff-heavy instrumental music. Their self-released album Technontology Vol. 1 comes out January 9th. This LP follows up their debut record Ammu Dia from 2015 and 2016’s Electricon.

Official News: “[Arrakis’] songs are based around groovy riffs that straddle a fine line between head-banging/foot-stomping stoner rock and trace-inducing psychedelic jams, robust bass lines and thunderous drum beats.”


North Carolinian Ben Carr’s solo project Personality Cult has grown to include a number of guest musicians (members of Paint Fumes, Last Year’s Men, Natural Causes,Bass Drum Of Death, Missing Pages, Mind Spiders, Sweet Talk, Sweet Knives, and more) that have contributed to the band’s sound over the years. The outfit’s upcoming album, New Arrows, shoots out on February 14th via Dirtnap Records.

Official News: “Fast propulsive punk with hooks for days, and dark undercurrents swirling underneath. While sonically this doesn’t fall too far from what you’d associate with many beloved Dirtnap bands of the past, these guys really nail the delicate balance of taking a familiar sound and putting their own unique spin on it, in the end sounding like nothing but themselves.”


Denver-located post-hardcore band FAtHERS, led by Oscar Ross, recently unleashed their fiery and tormented latest album You Deserve Hell via Sailor Records. The LP follows up their self-titled debut full-length from 2017.

Official News: Having been compared to such creative hardcore heavyweights such as Cave In, Big Business, Converge, and Trap Them, [FAtHERS] is known to put forth loud music that serves as a call to arms against injustice in troubling times… With the release of You Deserve Hell, Fathers has embraced losing control… the band has clawed its way onward, crafting an unforgettable live experience and a second album intent on staring mortality, chaos, and struggle directly in the eye.”

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